The '''Housatonic Railroad''' ( ) is a Class III railroad
operating in southwestern New England
. It was chartered in 1983 to operate a short section of ex-New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
in northwestern Connecticut
, and has since expanded north and south, as well as west into New York State
The Housatonic Railroad was also a company chartered in 1836 and leased by the New Haven in 1892. It followed much the same route as the current company, but did not run west into New York.